Logic & Accuracy Testing of Voting Equipment Begins on April 16th

Staff Report From Athens CEO

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

The Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections will conduct a Logic and Accuracy Test on all voting equipment that will be used in the upcoming June 9, 2020 election.

The testing will begin on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Athens-Clarke County Facilities and Landscape Management Building located at 2555 Lexington Road, Athens, Georgia, 30605 and will continue until all units have been tested and proven accurate. Testing will run from 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. each day, except for Tuesday, April 21, when testing will run from 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. due to a Board of Elections meeting in the afternoon.

The public is invited to view the logic and accuracy testing. In order to support physical distancing requirements during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, two people can observe the testing in 30-minute time slots. Appointment times are available every half hour on testing days during testing times. Residents can register for a time slot online using an online form, which is also available at www.accgov.com/elections or by calling 706-613-3150.

The State of Georgia requires Logic and Accuracy Testing through specific procedures prior to every election. As part of the process, staff with the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections run tests on the new paper-based voting units, the check-in system, and the optical scan system for recording absentee ballots.

The first part of the process involves receiving the secure election database from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office for the upcoming election. The system uses this database to create memory cards for the voting equipment, program the voting equipment, and produce ballots and reports.

Once the memory cards are created for the voting system, the logic and accuracy procedures test the proper creation of the voter access cards, display of the ballot on the screen, printing of the paper ballot, scanning of the paper ballot, vote collection, and tabulation results. During the process, units are calibrated, physically inspected, and recorded. 

All races, headers, race titles, candidates, and placement order of candidates are visually checked on the touch-screen units. Testing is performed using voter access cards. Ballots are also checked to confirm proper audio and magnification assistance features.

After a machine is tested and proven accurate, it is sealed and stored in a secure building until election day. Access to this building is tightly controlled. The Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections follows all state laws contained in the Official Code of Georgia and State Election Board rules concerning the testing and storing of voting equipment.

On Thursday, April 9, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger postponed the May 19 election until June 9 due to coronavirus COVID-19 concerns. The voter registration deadline for the June 9, 2020 election will be May 11, 2020. Early voting will begin on May 18, 2020. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 21-2-501, moving the primary election to June 9, 2020 will move the primary runoff to August 11, 2020.

In Athens-Clarke County, voters will vote on June 9 for the Presidential Preference Primary, Statewide General Primary, and local elections for Commissioners and school board members.